simon kneen says “clean up”-------
Editors and publishers assembled in Chelsea yesterday for Simon Kneen’s debut as Banana Republic’s creative director. Kneen, who comes from Brooks Brothers and Adrienne Vittadini, worked a Mad Men vibe for the guys, from the Brylcreem-shiny hair to the ankle-exposing pants and sockless wingtips. For us gals, he fast-forwarded a decade and a half to Lauren Hutton’s late seventies heyday. There were silk satin button-downs and slouchy pants, a floor-scraping shirtdress, and an A-line trench in monochromatic shades of ivory, gray, and pastel sorbets, and for after dark a Halston-esque long jersey tank gown. He never got too literal, which should play well with BR’s fans.